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Buffalo Churches Provide Help, Hope Near and Far
Buffalo Churches Provide Help, Hope Near and Far

A chance encounter in New Orleans in the summer of 2009 with an enthusiastic group of youth missioners from the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York, prompted Jim Melchiorre, senior video producer for Trinity Wall Street, to bring his video crew from New York City to Buffalo last fall. The crew's assignment: to tell about outreach efforts sponsored by Episcopal churches here.

The resulting video, "Refuge and Rebirth: The Church in Western New York," pays homage to Buffalo's impressive history, while it meets our region's current difficulties head on. Yet it is the ministries of hope and goodwill found in Episcopal churches in Western New York today that emerge as the real stars. You can watch the video at http://www.episcopalwny.org

The refugee ministry of St. John's Grace in Buffalo <http://www.stjohnsgrace.bfn.org> and the outreach of St. John's, Wilson <http://www.stjohnswilson.com> in the rural reaches of Niagara County portray the positive effects Episcopal churches are having in their local communities.

Segments on the diocese's annual High Tea that raises funds for the Our Little Roses orphanage in Honduras and Trinity Church Buffalo's <http://www.trinitybuffalo.org> annual Medical Brigade that makes quality health care available to villagers in rural El Salvador every year demonstrate the ways Episcopalians in Western New York are impacting the lives of people faraway.

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